A disgusted haulage worker has revealed that dodgy scammers are attempting to profit from the misfortune of stranded lorry drivers in Kent.
Local police have now launched an enquiry following claims that a scammer, pretending to be a paramedic was trying to sell black market coronavirus kits for £70.
Following the break out of a stronger variation of the coronavirus, France closed their border to Britain, meaning lorry drivers were required to have a negative test result, taken 72 hours before entering the European country.
This resulted in mammoth tailbacks at Dover, Manston Airport and on the M20 as frontline workers rapidly tested those stranded.
Speaking to KentLive, a director at Coombe Valley Transport told of how she was contacted by the scammers.
Lesley Glover received a call on Monday, December 28 and was left horrified.
"He said 'do you want me to come and test your drivers?' and said he would do it for £70," she said.
The businesswoman went on to say: "I asked him where he got the tests from and he said was a paramedic and that he worked for a company that provide COVID care services.
"I told him that he was disgusting trying to take advantage of these poor people stuck.
"I reported it to police and they sounded quite concerned and said they would look into it."
Lesley, who was one of the key organisers in getting food to the stranded drivers told of how her partner who works at a nearby army barracks had also been helping the soldiers who had been called in to test drivers.
"My customers were stuck here for four days.
"I just think it's totally immoral when you also think about all the local people are going out feeding them.
"Then you have scummy people trying to make a profit from it. They are the lowest of the low," she raged.
A spokesperson for Kent Police said: "On Monday, December 28 at around 5.30pm Kent Police received a report that a person, claiming to be paramedic, had called a business in Dover and offered COVID-19 tests to its customers in return for payment.
"The offer was refused and the matter was reported to the police. Enquiries remain ongoing to determine the full circumstances."